Lehigh Gap Nature Center

connecting people with nature through Conservation, Education, and Research

Upcoming events at LGNC:

Aug
19
Wed
Nature in Art Online!
Aug 19 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Nature in Art Online!

Nature in Art Online for Kids! with Janniry

Explore the art in nature through weekly online art classes with LGNC education intern Janniry Cabrera Belen! Children ages 5-12 and their families are invited to make crafts from natural materials that they can find outside their homes. On a live, interactive Zoom class, Janniry will guide participants through each craft, step by step.

Classes are FREE, but registration is required. Ahead of each class, we will publish a list of all materials (not provided by LGNC) that will be needed to complete the craft. The Zoom link will be shared with all families who register through EventBrite.

Wednesday, August 19 (4:30-5:30 p.m.): Nature Masquerade Ball Masks!

Participants will make their own nature-inspired masquerade ball masks! Materials needed ahead of class: construction paper (or other sturdy paper), glue, scissors, color pencils/markers, permanent marker, and stick/wooden dowel. Please also print off your favorite mask template at this link: https://simplemomproject.com/diy-mask-templates/.

Register here!

Sep
19
Sat
Migration Fest @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Migration Fest @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center

Our annual celebration of hawk migration and Appalachian Mountain ecology. Learn about the annual fall spectacle of hawks and butterflies migrating along the Kittatinny Ridge and how to identify raptors. Activities throughout the day; schedule to be announced on lgnc.org.

Oct
15
Thu
Cabin Fever Book Club
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

All meetings are Thursdays, once a month, from 10 am – noon

There will be a breakfast buffet supervised by Head Chef Lee Sivak with your help.

These books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington Libraries, at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and, at a cost, through Amazon.com

Please feel welcome to bring a friend. If you’d like to lead a discussion, contact Nancy Taras or Dan Kunkle.

Nov
7
Sat
Nature in Art Exhibition
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nature in Art Exhibition

Our 8th-annual art exhibition. View and/or purchase works from local artists. Vote for People’s Choice Award. Artists’ reception November 15.

Our information desk in the Osprey House is volunteer operated. If you are planning to attend the art show, PLEASE CALL AHEAD at 610-760-8889 to ensure that we are open.

“See All, Know All Owl” by Patty Passick

Members’ Campfire and S’mores @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Members' Campfire and S'mores @ Lehigh Gap Nature Center

LGNC members are invited to join us for a campfire, and s’mores! Bring a flashlight if you have one.

Nov
8
Sun
Nature in Art Exhibition
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nature in Art Exhibition

Our 8th-annual art exhibition. View and/or purchase works from local artists. Vote for People’s Choice Award. Artists’ reception November 15.

Our information desk in the Osprey House is volunteer operated. If you are planning to attend the art show, PLEASE CALL AHEAD at 610-760-8889 to ensure that we are open.

“See All, Know All Owl” by Patty Passick

Nov
9
Mon
Nature in Art Exhibition
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nature in Art Exhibition

Our 8th-annual art exhibition. View and/or purchase works from local artists. Vote for People’s Choice Award. Artists’ reception November 15.

Our information desk in the Osprey House is volunteer operated. If you are planning to attend the art show, PLEASE CALL AHEAD at 610-760-8889 to ensure that we are open.

“See All, Know All Owl” by Patty Passick

Nov
10
Tue
Nature in Art Exhibition
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nature in Art Exhibition

Our 8th-annual art exhibition. View and/or purchase works from local artists. Vote for People’s Choice Award. Artists’ reception November 15.

Our information desk in the Osprey House is volunteer operated. If you are planning to attend the art show, PLEASE CALL AHEAD at 610-760-8889 to ensure that we are open.

“See All, Know All Owl” by Patty Passick

Nov
11
Wed
Nature in Art Exhibition
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nature in Art Exhibition

Our 8th-annual art exhibition. View and/or purchase works from local artists. Vote for People’s Choice Award. Artists’ reception November 15.

Our information desk in the Osprey House is volunteer operated. If you are planning to attend the art show, PLEASE CALL AHEAD at 610-760-8889 to ensure that we are open.

“See All, Know All Owl” by Patty Passick

Nov
12
Thu
Nature in Art Exhibition
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nature in Art Exhibition

Our 8th-annual art exhibition. View and/or purchase works from local artists. Vote for People’s Choice Award. Artists’ reception November 15.

Our information desk in the Osprey House is volunteer operated. If you are planning to attend the art show, PLEASE CALL AHEAD at 610-760-8889 to ensure that we are open.

“See All, Know All Owl” by Patty Passick


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Cancellation

Native Plant Sale Cancelled!

Due to the tropical storm, the Native Plant Sale scheduled for August 4 (1:00-4:00 p.m.) has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please stay safe!

LGNC Online Learning Series

Introducing a new online video series from LGNC!

While our in-person programs for schools and the community are on hold for the time being, our education team has been busy creating virtual education resources for all to use and enjoy! New videos are now being posted regularly to our YouTube page. In addition to species spotlights, we are putting together a variety of science lessons and virtual tours of the Refuge!

Here is the link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/LGNC_YouTube

Be sure to like our videos and subscribe to our channel!!!

COVID-19

LGNC Osprey House Update (6/11/20)

Everyone is doing their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and so are we at LGNC. In light of current guidelines and the situation facing our nation, the Osprey House will remain closed to the public and all in-person programs will be cancelled until further notice.

This is a disappointment and an inconvenience for us all, but it is an important sacrifice to make to prevent matters from getting worse. We will continue to update the public regularly through Facebook, our website, and emails.

It is important to note that our trails will still remain open to the general public. Please be respectful of any temporary trail closures due to ongoing PPL transmission line work. Even when PPL construction is in progress, there are still plenty of trails to explore, and the Appalachian Trail is still accessible from our parking lot!

We want everyone using our trails to have a safe, healthy, and enriching experience. Hike on established trails only. Use of shortcuts and unofficial trails cause maintenance and safety issues. Please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other guests on the trails and in the parking lot.

Also, we ask that folks using our trails follow the 7 principles of Leave No Trace found at this link: https://bit.ly/Leave_No_Trace_LGNC. In particular, we ask that you follow the principle regarding “pack in, pack out.” We do not have the capacity to handle the extra trash from a high influx of visitors. Just stash your trash in your backpack, pockets, etc. and take it with you.

Thank you and be safe and stay healthy!

-LGNC Staff

LGNC Restoration Mini Documentary

Dan Kunkle's Retirement and LGNC Transition!

Thanks to Times News Lehighton for their recent article on Dan Kunkle’s tenure as Executive Director of LGNC! While Dan will be retiring at the end of this month, he will be joining the LGNC Board as Director Emeritus. Current staff members Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak will serve as Co-directors of the Nature Center beginning on January 1, 2020.

Click Here for the article!!!

Remembering Michal Kubik

We at LGNC have the sad duty to inform you of the passing of Michal Kubik. Michal served as vice president and president of LGNC’s Board of Directors during the refuge land acquisition along the Kittatinny Ridge. His tenure also oversaw the building of the Osprey House and the development of LGNC into the community, education, and research center that it is today.

He was at the helm as LGNC went from idea to reality.

Remembering Bill Mineo
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bill Mineo, one of LGNC’s founding members. We mourn the loss of this key figure in Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s creation and success. Click here for the Autumn 2017 Wildlife Activist  (#81) to read a recent Board member spotlight article on Bill. Also, click here to view Bill’s obituary. Our condolences to the family.
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